Right now I have a second window open, you guys and gals are important to me but something else is calling me. X-Men Legends. I can almost guarantee one person reading this piece just let out a little squeal of glee. If you have no idea why you should be squealing, X-Men Legends was a game released to the PlayStation Two way back in 2003, which would have made me about eight when I was the only person in the line at the store on the midnight release to get it. The game was made by Activision and followed the same basic set up as the later Ultimate Alliance games, in which you control a team made up of four superheroes that you can constantly switch in and out. It was freaking awesome!
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The first game started you on street level as Wolverine and took you all the way through to leading the X-Men in an assault upon Magneto’s fortress. The gameplay was strong and the core mechanics where very well balanced (although Wolverine was over powered). The game went down pretty well in certain circles and within a few years X-Men Legends II was released to the world. The second game revolved around the Age of Apocalypse storyline and saw the X-Men team up with their mortal enemies, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, this created a massive roster of heroes that I fell in love with (except they dropped Beast, with sucked). The second game was received fairly well and lead to Activision getting the deal to make the Ultimate Alliance games but I have always wanted to pose the question, what if X-Men Legends III had happened instead? And what if Activision had asked me to write it?
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After the events of the second game I would have the third instalment open on the player taking on the role of Cable going through an apocalyptic version of the first level from the first game, he would fight Sinister instead of Mystique and his first companion would be Bishop. I would then have the two fight another of Apocalypse’s horsemen and have a few hints dropped that there is someone worse than Apocalypse out there. The two heroes would get to a safe house and meet forge who would send them back in time.
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The next portion of the game would be centred around the X-Men rebuilding in the wake of Apocalypse’s attack on the X-Mansion, there would be a fight in the ruins of the X-Mansion with the Danger Room, which has become the self aware robot ‘Danger’, after the fight there would be a new broadcast taking about a huge battle between the forces of Sinister and the Purifiers in Alaska, as a new mutant has been born. Cable and Bishop would be seen in the background. The rest of the game would revolve around the Messiah Complex storyline, in which Cable and Bishop battle over whether to kill the child Hope. The players would have to choose a side and then either defeat a Cable, who steals Hope, or help him into escaping into the future.
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The game would have lots of flashbacks to previous X-Men stories and a the largest roster of X-Men possible, with possibly a few cameos from other Marvel characters, it would also certainly have Beast as a main and playable character. I know this will never happen. Activision don’t have the rights anymore and Marvel don’t seem interested in pursuing any merchandise that pertains to the X-Men as it does little for them. But a man can dream and if I ever get a gun that can take me to another dimension where I’m the head of Marvel and Activision I know the first game I’ll be making…
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